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PLS 4412: Senior Internship

A research guide created to assist students taking PLS 4412.

What are peer-reviewed articles?

Peer-reviewed articles are found in academic/ scholarly journals* and databases. These journals are articles written by an expert in the given field and reviewed by other experts and scholars in the field. This level of vetting is a way to ensure that the article represents the best research practices in the field.

*An academic/ scholarly journal is a professional publication on a specific subject in which most articles are published through a peer-review process (book reviews and letters to the editors are example of non-peer reviewed articles in an academic journal).

San Diego State University has a helpful guide that can further help you differentiate between peer-reviewed resources and other publications. 

You can use OneSearch to help you find peer-reviewed articles, which is what is shown below. You can also find peer-reviewed articles in databases (list is located on the "Databases" tab). Some of these databases have a similar filter feature that will allow you to do a search and select only peer-reviewed journals.

You can start doing a keyword search in OneSearch:

You can use the filters on the left hand side to narrow your search results to "Peer-reviewed Journals." I also checked "Full-text online" to find materials only listed online. Then click "Apply Filters."

The results will regenerate and provide you with peer-reviewed material. Another easy way of seeing if an article is from peer-reviewed journal is by the purple icon listed under the article title and author. NOTE: Just because an article is in a peer-reviewed journal, does not automatically mean it is peer-reviewed. It may be a book review or an editorial, which is not a peer-reviewed article.